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As we are closing in on the EP elections to be held in May all across the EU, there are a couple of themes that seem to be on top of anything else: the democratic deficit of EU leadership, voters presence for European Elections and, connected with the first, the election of the new European… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

All around social media accounts of EU higher authorities, in all speeches, interventions and debates, everybody says “go out and vote for the upcoming EP elections!”. Which at first glance sounds fair. But it is not. Because as it is the case with me, in Romania, I feel that “Brussels” as an overall concept encompassing… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

I have been reading a lot lately, on some interesting issues – the failure of the classic party system, challenges facing democracy today, developments in metropolis’ powers, populism resurfacing. All of these are connected. Because all of them deal with the future. And with politics and the way people respond to politics today. The history… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

can anyone be a MEP? what if we could all be MEPs, at the same time, all the time? While some would argue that I’m rooting for building the largest Parliamentary Assembly hall ever, this is not what this is about! Because the largest Parliamentary Assembly space is already in place, and in many ways… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Earlier today I was reading a blog entry on the Economist Blogs by Charlemagne on the relationship between the EU budget approved by the Council and the European Parliament. And this paragraph caught my eye: “The argument boils down to the question of where democratic legitimacy really lies. Little-known MEPs can scarcely claim to command… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

No, Mr. Hollande..

..it’s not economic credibility or political credibility that we would loose if we fail to agree on the budget. It’s the advantage of a upper hand in all negotiations with any third party. I’ll be really short. Mr. Francois Hollande, President of the French Republic made a series of statement in his address to the… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu